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Soundgarden to tour without drummer Matt Cameron

He'll tour with Pearl Jam instead, 'I am still an active member of Soundgarden', he says

By MSN Music Partners Nov 15, 2013 3:55PM



Reunited rockers Soundgarden will tour without drummer Matt Cameron next year due to the musician's commitments with his other band Pearl Jam.

Cameron joined the "Alive" hitmakers in 1998, a year after Soundgarden split, and he has spent the past few weeks busy promoting Pearl Jam's new album "Lightning Bolt." Eddie Vedder and his bandmates are expected to continue an ongoing tour well into 2014, and although dates have yet to be announced, Cameron wants to keep his schedule clear so he can honour his commitment to the group.


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The decision means he will not be able to join his Soundgarden pals on the road, but Cameron insists he will be back. A statement released on Soundgarden's website
on reads:


"I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting Lightning Bolt with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden."


Photo: Matt Cameron performing with Pearl Jam in 2013. Photo by Karen Loria


Grunge stars Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and are planning to hit the stage in 2014 at the Lollapalooza festival in Chile, in addition to shows in Argentina, Brazil and Germany. More dates are expected to be announced.

Nov 16, 2013 12:30AM
Actually... What I'd like to see is Walking Papers on tour with Pearl Jam in 2014...
Nov 15, 2013 11:21PM
Note of trivia... Mike McCready from Pearl Jam played with Barrett Martin in Mad Season... (forgive the type-o on my other post... and no, I'm not driving drunk. Cheers...
Nov 15, 2013 11:05PM
Barrett Martin who plays in Walking Papers and formally played with Madd Season, Screaming Trees, and Skin Yard comes to mind... He's one of the only one's I can see doing it! That would be killer!!! Great Drummer!!!  
Nov 15, 2013 9:45PM

Hard to blame Matt for going with the "bread and butter."


Nov 15, 2013 9:23PM

Good luck replacing Matt Cameron in Soundgarden. They just won't sound the same (or be as good without him). Soundgarden should wait until he is available and respect that he plays in Pearl Jam. Soundgarden broke up, Pearl Jam didn't.

Nov 15, 2013 7:48PM
Nov 15, 2013 5:52PM
I was hoping this writer could resist the urge to use the "G" word - you know, the one which rhymes with "expunge" - but he just couldn't.
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